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The Mark Family Story

The Mark Family Story begins with Thomas Kenneth & N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark of Ohio. It moves back in time to include their ancestors and forward in time to their descendants. This story is the result of several years of genealogical investigation including research in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D. C. Birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, maps, newspaper clippings, church records and deeds have been pieced together to show the family’s progress through the years from Swiss and German ancestors to their American descendants. Through the years other family names become intertwined with the Mark family: Brown, Dick, Gruissy, Heffelfinger, Keck, Ritter and Wolf. Of course, family history is more than dates and places. These facts are only the trunk of the family tree. The leaves of the tree are people: aunts and uncles, grandparents, siblings and more. Old family letters and interviews with family members, local histories, timelines and photographs help the story and the people come alive once again.

Soft cover, over 400 pages with family charts, timelines, old letters, many photographs & an index. 

Book Comments:

Thank you for sending me your book, The Mark Family Story.  It is very well written and easy to "sit back and read".  I have already spent a few hours reading through it and plan to spend many more. No doubt, your book will be a big hit at the next family reunion.
-          Larry Knox, author of " The Ritter Family of Lehigh and Northampton Counties in Pennsylvania"

Colleen, the book arrived and it's a beautiful book.  I really like the personal stories and I'm looking forward to spending time with it. Thanks for all the time and love you've invested in this book.
- Terri Fryman in Ohio

Already learned many new things about the family. And I am enjoying the journey. Thanks so much for doing it.
- Aileen Roberts in Ohio
I think it's awesome! I really enjoy how you have incorporated historic facts and events in the book. It really helps paint a picture of the time.
- Nancy Dilley in Minnesota

I just wanted to know that I received your book and have been enjoying it and using some of the information in my own research. Additionally, I took it with me over the Easter break when my family was getting together and my mother thoroughly enjoyed reading the sections on her ancestors. 
- CJ LaCour in Colorado


Remembrances is the story of my mother’s family from stories told me to when I was a child to research I did as an adult. My maternal grandmother’s family includes the surnames Brady, Coyle, Cunningham, Gibney, Mullane, Sullivan & more from the counties Cavan, Cork & Tipperary in Ireland. My maternal grandfather’s family includes the surnames Edelstein, Farkas, Gartner, Horn, Katz, Weissberg & more from Eastern Europe. How did these very different families come together? What was life like for my grandparents?  What were the celebrations and sorrows in their lives? Research in archives, libraries, courthouses & cemeteries helped me answer many questions about these families. Photographs, letters, diaries and documents helped to bring these ancestors to life once again. This book includes timelines, family tree charts, local history, source citations and an index. It is my sincere hope that the stories in this book will keep our family’s ancestors alive far into the next generations.

Soft cover, over 340+ pages with family charts, timelines, old letters, many photographs & an index. $40.00 + $5 postage

Book Comments 

I want to tell you how impressed I am with your book. What a challenge and what great work!
-Tara Cousins, MA

I have limited copies of my books. Please contact me at:
cgbp[at] for copies.

Printed at Troy Book Makers, Troy, N.Y.

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